Jane Bunnett

Cuban Odyssey

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Jane Bunnett's love of Cuban music is demonstrated in this collaboration with over 80 Cuban musicians and her husband, trumpeter Larry Cramer. Although Bunnett is the leader, she is also very comfortable taking a backseat during numbers featuring the larger groups. Most tracks were recorded during their visit to Cuba as they moved around the country, covering traditional tunes such as the percussive and fun-filled "Quitate el Chaqueton," "A la Rhumba," and "El Diablo," with the infectious rhythm and heartfelt vocals adding to the fun of the sessions. Three songs feature a stunning ten-piece vocal choir, Desandann, who sing in Patios, the language of their Haitian ancestors. The session is highlighted by Bunnett's lyrical flute (especially on "Nan Fon Bwaa") and her spirited soprano sax (showcased on her originals "Arrival" and "Movin' On"). It is impossible to listen to this CD and not be caught up in the celebration; this highly recommended CD is easily one of Jane Bunnett's greatest accomplishments during her career.

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